Industrial Magic


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Meet the smart, sexy — supernatural — women of the otherworld. This is not your mother’s coven…

Kelley Armstrong returns with the eagerly awaited follow-up to
Dime Store Magic. Paige Winterbourne, a headstrong young woman haunted by a dark legacy, is now put to the ultimate test as she fights to save innocents from the most insidious evil of all.. . .

In the aftermath of her mother’s murder, Paige broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new Coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight thirty-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention.

Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld’s most influential Cabals — a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs. And none is more powerful than the Cortez Cabal, a faction Paige is intimately acquainted with. Lucas Cortez, the rebel son and unwilling heir, is none other than her boyfriend. But love isn’t blind, and Paige has her eyes wide open as she is drawn into a hunt for an unnatural-born killer. Pitted against shamans, demons, and goons, it’s a battle chilling enough to make a wild young woman grow up in a hurry. If she gets the chance.

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  1. M. B. Alcat @ 4:02 pm

    “Industrial magic” is the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong’s “Women of the Otherworld” series, and you are highly likely to enjoy it a lot, specially if you read the others before. “Bitten”, “Stolen” and “Dime store magic” introduce you to a world where magic and the supernatural are just part of everyday life. “Industrial magic” just takes you further into it…

    As you know, in “Dime store magic” Paige, a witch, had to fight for the custody of a young girl named Savannah. In order to do that she had to face a powerful Cabal, which is a mafia-like organization of sorcerers. Should I tell that witches and sorcerers aren’t exactly on good terms?. And that Paige got to meet her new boyfriend Lucas, a sorcerer/lawyer, in the process of gaining Savannah’s custody?.

    In this book we get to see Paige and Lucas living together, and trying to keep Lucas’s father, powerful Cabal leader Benicio Cortez, at a distance. The problem is that Benicio wants Lucas to assume the place of heir to the Cortez Cabal, despite being his youngest son, illegitimate, and the proud owner of quixotic tendencies that take him to endorse causes against the Cabal. Benicio loves his son, so he decides that asking for Lucas and Paige’s help in an investigation involving the assault on a young witch (daughter of a Cortez Cabal employee) is a good way to approach him.

    Clearly, both are very tempted to say no to Benicio’s offer, but soon enough they realise that the assault is related to quite a few assassinations of other teenagers that belong to Cabal’s families, and possibly to a supernatural killer. After that, can Paige and Lucas really say no?.

    In “Industrial magic” we get to meet again our favourite werewolves (Elena, Clay and Jeremy), some of the vampires we already met (Cassandra and Aaron) and a few others, more half- demons and shamans, and even a necromancer. Also, we learn a lot more about the different Cabals and their inner struggles, about Lucas’ dysfunctional family and Paige’s attempts to come to terms with it. Of course, that isn’t easy for her: how would you feel if your prospective brother-in-law had tried to kill you?.

    So far, the first two books in the “Women of the Otherworld” series were centered on the werewolf Pack (through Clay and Elena’s story), and the other two were centered on witches and sorcerers (through Lucas and Paige’s story). I’m eager to read more from all of them, so Kelley Armstrong please write the other books in the series quickly :)

    If you want to know more about the books I already mentioned, future release dates, or prequels to the novels in the series (available for free in Armstrong’s website), visit and you won’t be disappointed.

    On the whole, I believe this book is really great, and quite original. I heartily recommend it to you, if you like to mix the supernatural/ horror theme with a little bit of romance and a whodunnit.

    Belen Alcat

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  2. AK @ 6:45 pm

    Starting life over after being exiled from her Coven hasn’t been easy for Paige Winterbourne, but with the help of Savannah, her ward, and Lucas Cortez, her significant other, she is coping rather well until Lucas’ father sends her a message, timed so that Lucas won’t be there when she gets it. As far fetched as it might seem in the world of Cabal/Coven politics, Bennicio Cortez needs Paige’s help. The Cabals and the witches are ancient enemies, you see, and Lucas has shunned his family. When Cabal children begin turning up dead, politics and family feuds are set aside. Delving into the darkest parts of the paranormal world is dangerous and complicated, but those are risks Paige and Lucas willingly take in this exciting, funny, and suprisingly warm hearted novel.

    ***** All the Women of the Underworld books have been phenomenal, and this is the best yet. The return of Elena and Clay (Bitten, Stolen) comes in the exact right way; and even though they are supporting cast this go round, their roles are not underplayed in any way. Seeing more of Lucas’ family adds flavor and depth to this world as well. However, it must be said that Lucas is one of the best romantic heroes ever created, managing to be alpha in a subtle fashion that makes full use of his dry wit. *****

    Amanda Killgore

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  3. Alisa McCune @ 6:49 pm

    Industrial Magic is Canadian author Kelley Armstrong’s fourth installment in the Otherworld series. The Otherworld series is a world not much different from our own, but includes demons, deities, vampires, werewolves, witches, sorcerers, shaman, druids, necromancers, clairvoyants, and much more. The supernatural world lies just under the surface of the known world and definitely has nasty teeth. With Industrial Magic, we are once again treated to a delightful adventure that will suck you in and not let go until the end.

    At the conclusion of Dime Store Magic, Paige and Lucas have become guardians of Savannah. Since Paige’s house was destroyed, they spent the summer driving around the country ending up in Portland, Oregon. Industrial Magic opens with Paige being approached by Lucas’ father, Benicio Cortez. Benicio is a sorcerer and the CEO of the Cortez Cabal, a large company that employees supernaturals and has shady moral dealings. Since Lucas is estranged from his father, Paige was never supposed to be approached by Benicio.

    Benicio is not to be denied his meeting with Paige. It would seem he has a case he wants Lucas to take. Someone is killing Cabal children. The latest victim is Dana, a homeless teenage witch.

    Paige and Lucas want nothing to do with the Cabals; especially after Savannah’s father of the Nast Cabal tried to take custody of her in Dime Store Magic. Kristoff Nast paid with his life for this, but Paige lost everything she held dear; her house, her reputation, and most of all, her coven. A trip to Miami is taken to politely refuse Benicio and set clear boundaries with the Cabal regarding Paige.

    The adventure begins to unfold in Miami as Lucas and Paige struggle to keep clear of Benicio’s manipulations and still help the supernatural children being targeted. Nothing is ever as it seems in the world of Cabals. This case pits Lucas and Paige against the killer and the Cabals. We quickly realize why Lucas wants nothing to do with Benicio and the other Cabals.

    Many of our favorite characters from previous novels appear in Industrial Magic – Elena, Clay, Jeremy, and Cassandra. We meet a new character, Jamie – a TV personality who talks to the dead and just happens to be a necromancer. Jamie really livens things up for Paige and Lucas.

    Industrial Magic is a book not to be missed. The action is fantastic and the drama is very intense. Kelley Armstrong creates such fun characters that really jump off the pages. The book is fast paced with lots of unexpected turns. Like the other books in the Otherworld series, I wanted more after finishing Industrial Magic.

    Kelley Armstrong is the Canadian author of four books in the Otherworld series; Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, and Industrial Magic. The fifth book in the series, Haunted is to be published in the Spring of 2005. Available on her website, , are three online novellas that further the werewolves’ storyline.

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  4. Lilly Flora @ 9:10 pm

    If you look for it, you’ll find that of Kelley Armstrong’s books in the Women of the Otherworld series are divided up into species. I don’t mean this by who is narrating them-that’s pretty obvious, the first two are Elena, the female werewolf, the second two are Paige, a witch, the fifth is Eve a ghost witch half demon, and the sixth is Elena again. No, what I mean is that each book is dedicated into bringing a species more to the reader’s attention, and giving them more information about them. So by this rule the books go, werewolf, general supernatural, witches/sorcerers, vampires/sorcerers, ghosts/demons and then werewolf/zombies. This book, “Industrial Magic” (which is a fantastic title by the way) is the vampire/sorcerer book.

    Now Paige may be the former leader of the American coven, and a formidable witch with some fairly lethal spells up her sleeve, but this does not take away her overwhelming anxiety about meeting her boyfriend’s, Lucas Cortez’s father. This is understandable considering who the father Benico Cortez is. He’s the head of the most powerful sorcerer Cabal there is, and is under the impression that someday Lucas (his favorite and born out of wedlock son) will outgrow his white knight/saving the supernatural world from the evil cabal phase and be his heir. Or it could be because Paige is a witch, the natural enemy of all sorcerers. Either way he’s intimidating. Take your pick.

    But Benico pops up, uninvited, unwelcome with an invitation to solve a supernatural murder mystery. Someone is snatching Cabal employee children and killing them-but not before they can call the Cabal 911. Naturally Paige and Lucas see this as the obvious attempt to manipulate Lucas into loving dear old dad again and refuse-until Paige hears one of the victims was a 15 year witch.

    So it’s off to Miami and the Cortez Cabal headquarters. Here things go the way of all the Women of the Otherworld novels, some murder, some mayhem, some sex (well, more than some) a necromancer who happens to do her thing on TV and still be the real deal, a quest for immortality and a ghost who likes to bite. Also in this book we see a lot of Cassandra, our favorite emotionally challenged vampire, who has a surprisingly tender (if you consider constant critique as a very picky mother in law would do) relationship with Paige.

    Personally I found this to be the scariest of the novels thus far, probably just because I had never heard of Elizabeth Bathory before-and the version in this book just gave me the chills. But then aside from this series I don’t read horror novels.

    Oh and the ghost world part just makes the whole book.

    It does seem a little odd to just keep handing out five star ratings, but hey, the author is that good. So, five stars.

    And for the story of Paige and Lucas’s wedding, along with many other odds and ends, including how Elena and Clay first met (which is just priceless) check out the author’s website at

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  5. SereneNight @ 11:16 pm

    Industrial Magic is the continuing adventures of Paige Winterbourne and her blacksheep boyfriend Lucas Cortez. When Lucas’s father Benicio contacts Paige for help investigating the murder of a young witch, Paige initially refuses, but eventually becomes sucked in when more teens are attacked. Can Paige and Lucas uncover the murderer before its too late, or are they destined to become the next victims?

    Okay, I admit, I’m a big fan of Armstrongs. I LOVED the first three books. But what I liked about her books was the believable way she portrayed her paranormal races. I found Industrial Magic to be quite over the top. Not only are there witches, vampires, werewolves, dead gods, druids and necromancers and demons. They are all way too colorful and exaggerated to be believed.. Also there were WAY too many characters making cameos, and doing nothing. What I liked best about her first two books were that the characters were down to earth, not overpowered. I think she treads on dangerous ground with all the spellcasting, death visitations and mystic mumbo jumbo. A little is cool. A lot is silly.

    There were scads of things not to like about this book. Paige, the leader made some really dumb mistakes. For instance… When tracking the serial killer, why oh why did she not contact Elena and list the aid of the pack from the get go? Duh. The pack ARE hunters. And are we really supposed to believe an amateur like Paige is suddenly expected to become a detective with ZERO experience? Also.. Jaime. Oh.. What a total waste of book space. I hate the character hated her ditzyness oh and her crush on Jer was sickening thing to behold.

    I guess I just didn’t care for all the UBER spellcasting and necromancy etc. It Just seemed very unrealistic. I think I prefer her stories where her characters rely more on their wits than on occult mumbo jumbo and the addition of huge sorcerous conglamorates seemed overkill. Also cannot stand Jaime. Yeesh.

    I found Industrial magic to be an average read, but nothing to shout about.

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